"No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found," the statement reads. "Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That's a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists."
Discovery News writes that the denial reportedly came after the airing of a recent Animal Planet TV show "Mermaids: The Body Found." The special, which aired as part of the network's annual "Monster Week," apparently fooled a number of viewers with its use of computer imagery to depict the mythical creatures. The faux-documentary seems to have created a big enough splash with its audience that NOAA felt it needed to address questions about the alleged authenticity of mermaids.
A press release for the special says it "paints a wildly convincing picture of the existence of mermaids, what they may look like, and why they've stayed hidden...until now."
The denial comes just a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its own statement in June denying the existence of zombies.
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